Ultimate Cruelty-free and Vegan Mascara Guide

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays with family and friends; eating great food and creating new memories. With that said, as the new year is approaching, it is time to educate you all on mascara. Now, mascaras are a great way to create definition, volume, and length without the use of faux lashes. But not all wands are created equal. 

I have created a handy guide to help you pick the right mascara for the occasion. 

*= Vegan-friendly

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Curling Mascaras

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Lengthening Mascaras

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Volume Mascaras

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Waterproof Mascaras

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Does-it-all Mascaras

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Top 8 Cruelty-free (& VEGAN) Makeup Removers

I hope everyone had an amazing Day of Giving Thanks! I also hope for all the makeup beauties, after partying, washed those lovely faces before hitting the sheets. 

It is essential to use makeup removers FIRST before proceeding to use your daily cleanser. This ensures that first layer of dirt and other nasties is removed before cleansing for the second time. 

Now go shopping this Black Friday! 

*= VEGAN-FRIENDLY

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  1. S.W. Basics Makeup Remover $14.00 *
  2. Mineral Fusion Makeup Removing Oil Cleanser $18.99 *
  3. Thesis Rosemary Citrus Makeup Remover $19.95 *
  4. Verita Organic Argan Oil Makeup Remover $20.00 *
  5. Pacifica Kale Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic $12.00 *
  6. Captain Blankenship Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil-based Cleanser & Makeup Remover $32.00
  7. Vapour Clarity Organic Makeup Remover $32.00
  8. FoxBrim 100% Natural Makeup Remover & Facial Oil $14.95

5 Addicting VEGAN Spring Fragrances

Spring is still in the air, which means checking out some new spring fragrances. Whether you are a floral-or-fresh kind of person, cruelty-free fragrances are just plain better for you!

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  1. Pirouette Antoinette $7.50-$45.00 VEGAN.

    Antoinette is an elaborate tea party with the Queen herself. It fans a revolution of refined florals, laced into an decadent corset of fine tea, sinful desserts and warm spices. Its soft and feminine, but holds a full bodied attitude with complexity and depth.

  2. My Daughter Fragrance Joyful $85.00 VEGAN.

    Joyful is a fragrant love letter of orange flower, lime blossom, rose, jasmine and creamy sandalwood. Fresh and floral lovers rejoice!

  3. Tallulah Jane Misae $48.00 VEGAN.

    Redolent of an April stroll in the gardens and groves of Saint-Paul de Vence, Misae is a breath of springtime on the cote d’azur. Brilliant citrus is embraced by white and green florals all the while grounded by hints of wood and balsam.

  4. Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit $22.00 VEGAN.

    A cross between Peach and Apricot with Pineapple undertones, this delicious blend mingles sultry, fleshy Mango with bright, tart Grapefruit. Reminiscent of summer.

  5. LAVANILA Vanilla Grapefruit $58.00 VEGAN.

    This invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, crisp cedarwood, lime and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.

National Novel Writing Month Day 17: ROY G. BIV ROY G. BIV Nail Polish For Deeper Skintones

We are a lucky bunch! We can pull off most colors in either light or dark, bright or subtle. Experiment and see which color matches your personality. Personally, I am obsessed with blues (maybe because my birthstone is the sapphire…).

ROY G. BIV Dark Skin

National Novel Writing Month Day 11: Eyeshadow Palettes

I remember when the Urban Decay NAKED palette hit the market. Every blogger and pinterest board out there had a tutorial about how to accomplish the perfect smokey eye. While Urban Decay (a cruelty-free and vegan company) has evolve their palettes, other companies have jumped on the bandwagon and created their own. Luckily, some of these companies are vegan and/or cruelty-free so beauties like us can partake in the eye game!

Palettes have an advantage to single eyeshadow colors. They usually follow a color scheme so you can custom design your look at an affordable price and they are travel-friendly.

Here are some palettes out there in the vegan and cruelty-free community.

Eyeshadow Palettes

  1. Viseart Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00) in Dark Matte are “rich shades to add an extra depth of color to any eye look. Navies and wines add definition to a smoky eye, while rich browns and oranges deepen golden and champagne eye looks”. This company has 6 other eyeshadow palettes for all styles (Neutral Matte,Bridal Satin,Sultry Muse, Paris Nude, Cool Matte, Bright Editorial). These products are not tested on animals, contain organic ingredients, and they are free of silicone, petrochemicals, and mineral oil.
  2. Red Apple Lipstick City Depth ($133.00) from their City Palette (City Matte, City Color, City Nude, City Stater) series “blends mattes with velvety shimmers to create a neutral palette that’s far from bland. This palette utilizes grey undertones to help you create stunning professional looks or sultry smokey eyes. Grey is the ultimate neutral, it pairs well with all hair colors and eye colors – you can’t go wrong”. Though expensive,reviewers have stated you will use all the colors to create 3 eye looks. All their palettes are vegan, gluten-free, corn-free, and GMO-free along with nasties that are removed!
  3. TARTE Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette ($45.00) has 12 unique colors to create any soft or sultry eye look. Best of all, all the colors are matte! Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, & gluten this palette is amazing! I personally have this palette and love it! I am not a big fan with shimmer eyes for work so I wear these colors for my professional look.
  4. Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette ($14.00) is budget-friendly and sexy. With “rich, lasting, creaseless eye shadows that are infused with coconut water for a velvety, cream-like finish” these colors  can create a golden,purple smokey eye! But if you are looking for a blue smokey eye, try their Mystical Supernatural Eye Shadow. Formulated without: Phthalates, parabens, carmine, beeswax, lanolin, mineral oils, propylene glycol, petroleum and FD& C colors; Vegan and Gluten-free.
  5. Lily Lolo Smoke & Mirrors Eye Palette ($34.00) is an 8 pigment palette with shadows ranging from shimmer to matte textures. These soft colors can be used during the day, but can be built upon to make a more dramatic look for your night look. Lily Lolo also has another palette (The Laid Bare) if you are looking for a more neutral eye. Does not contain chemicals, bismuth, talc, or dyes (FD&C, Lake). It is also vegan, GMO-free, gluten Free, & organic.

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National Novel Writing Month Day 5: Makeup Removers for Your Skintype

Most of us have been there–it’s late at night and you are extremely tired. Now, you have three choices. 1. You can go straight to bed. However, not only is sleeping with your makeup on bad for your skin, it is annoying to wash your sheets with foundation and lipstick all over the place! 2. You could wash your face; but you are so tired you can’t even go through the whole routine. Well, that leaves these lovely towelettes! Quick and easy to remove your makeup, these facial wipes can do a lot more than remove that old makeup; they can moisturize and tone too!

Here are the following best makeup removal wipes for your skintype!

Makeup removal Wipes SkinType

  • Blum Naturals Daily Cleansing & Make up Remover Towelettes for Combination/Oily skin are made with organic tea tree oil to help remove excess oils and makeup. PURCHASE HERE: $7.49/30 Wipes
  • Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes do it all! These wipes can remove, tone, soften, soothe and heal your skin in one wipe. PURCHASE HERE: $6.00/30 Wipes
  • Burt’s Bee Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes has three main ingredients.
    Cotton Extract to soften your skin, Rice Extract to moisturize and Aloe to soothe! PURCHASE HERE: $6.00/30 Wipes
  • Yes To Carrots Fragrance-Free Wipes quotes to have vitamin E to moisturize normal to dry skin types! PURCHASE HERE: $5.99/25 Wipes

Fall/Winter Nail Trend: Matte Nails

As seen on the runways–matte nails are the latest trend for the Fall/Winter 2015-2016 season. Instead of buying every color in matte, use a matte top coat to transform ANY color into a matte finish.

Matte Nail Polish

Pacifica Matte Top Coat $9.00

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS FLATLINE Ultra Matte Top Coat $10.00

Ella+Mila Matte-ly In Love $10.50

Lillian Eve Matte Me Over Top Coat $12.00

SPARITUAL Mattify Matte Top Effect $15.00

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Color of the Year: Marsala Nail

According to Pantone, Inc, a leading company in color development, Marsala can be identified as a red-brown wine shade that is rich and warm. In my opinion, a perfect color for the fall season. What better way to wear the color but to flash it on your nails?

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Vegan Fall & Winter Fragrances For Any Occasion

Winter_Fall PerfumeIt’s that time of the year! Time for richer and deeper scents to spice up your day and night. Here are some fragrances to try this fall and winter for every major occasion.


Everyday Life

Who: Pure Vanilla by Lavanila Laboratories

What: Alcohol denat. (from Organic sugar cane), Botanical fragrance blend, Deionized water, Lycium barbarum (Goji) powder, Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) fruit extract, Epilobium angustifolium (Canadian willowherb) extract, Olea europaea (Olive leaf) extract, Alteromonas ferment extract, Chrysanthellum indicum (Chamomile) extract, Oat amino acids, Glycerin (Vegetable), Vanilla planifolia.

How much: $58.00/ 1.7 fl. oz.

When: Casual meetings, Everyday Scent, Family Get-Togethers

Where: PURCHASE


Dating Life

Who: Mediterranean Fig by Pacifica

What: Natural Denatured Alcohol (Corn-Source) and Fragrance Blend with Natural and Essential Oils including Bergamot, Elemi, Clove and Sandalwood.

How much: $22.00/ 1 fl. oz.

When: First dates, Romantic dates

Where: PURCHASE


Work Life

Who: Empower by Pour Le Monde®

What: Persian lime, Italian Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Florida grapefruit and lemon for a citrus splash, Cassis, lemongrass, soft orange flower, spearmint and super grade basil ,cedar wood, naturally derived benzoin and a drop of Indonesian patchouli.

How much: $82.00/1.7 fl.oz

When: Office, work meetings

Where: PURCHASE


Formal Life

Who: Charlotte by Sweet Anthem Perfume

What: Denatured Alcohol, Proprietary Fragrance Formulas (Rose Leaf, Snow, Lavender, Peony, Leather, White Amber)

How much: $54.00/ 1 fl.oz.

When: Black Tie events, weddings, Anniversary parties,class reunions

Where: PURCHASE


Party Life

Who: A Perfumed Wine- Rose by A Perfume Organic

What: Fresh Berry, Crisp Apple, Dark Oaks, and Rich Spices Blend with Hints of Clove and Nutmeg, warming into a Peppery finish.

How much:$65.00/.4 fl.oz

When: Night out, holiday or home parties

Where: PURCHASE